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Operation Christmas Caring 2020

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch is going into its fourth year of Operation Christmas Caring. The premise is simple. Families in need send us wish lists for their children. YBGR staff and volunteers sort requests, purchase gifts and wrap them. Local law enforcement then delivers these gifts to families the week of Christmas.

In this season of giving, and with the extraordinary uncertainty this year has brought us, we are anticipating that families in Park County will need our help now more than ever. We are working together with the Park County community to meet this need. This year, Livingston Food Resource Center and YBGR are partnering to recruit volunteers, get the word out, funnel family requests, and complete shopping and wrapping for our Park County families, while the local police department is committing to the delivery to families. YBGR has committed to a fundraising goal of $25,000 to help 300 Park County kids. We need help to make it all happen!

We hope that you will help us reach our fundraising goal this year. Please donate today.

Donate online at yellowstonefoundation.org/donate (select “Livingston MT Operation Christmas Caring” before submitting)

Or mail/drop off a check to our Livingston Office at 5237 Hwy 89 S, Suite 1, Livingston, MT 59047 (checks should be written to YBGR, with Operation Christmas Caring in the memo).

Are you interested in volunteering with Operation Christmas Caring this year?

Visit bit.ly/occvolunteer20 to join our volunteer list.

Do you or someone you know in Park County need help with Christmas presents this year?

Visit bit.ly/occfamily20 to request gifts for your child.

2020 Yellowstone Conference: New Dimensions of Care

Maintaining safety and health of Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch youth, staff, and guests is our top priority. Due to the uncertain circumstances of these times, YBGR has decided to make the 2020 Yellowstone Conference: New Dimensions of Care, a FREE virtual conference experience.

 

The format of the conference will now be offered in free weekly one-hour Zoom panel discussions starting on September 17th from 12:00pm-1:00pm MST (see schedule below). Each panel will still consist of a moderator, professional panelists, and audience participation discussing the important youth and family issues.  CEUs and OPI credits will still be offered for each of the panel discussions (free of charge), 1 CEU or OPI credit per panel discussion.

  • Thursday September 17th from 12:00pm-1:00pm MST-Collaborating for Outcomes: Family 1st Act   
  • Thursday September 24th from 12:00pm-1:00pm MST- The Role of Adolescent Faith & Spirituality 
  • Thursday October 1st from 12:00pm-1:00pm MST- Looking Beyond Behavior 
  • Thursday October 8th from 12:00pm-1:00m MST-Youth Voice: Evolution of Care
Each panel discussion registration is setup as an individual Zoom session, so you will need to register for each of them separately. You can sign up for as many as you like and we encourage everyone to come to all four!

 

Collaborating for Outcomes: Family 1st Act

The Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 has been touted as an opportunity to “change foster care as we know it”. The Act has several provisions to enhance support services for families to help children remain at home, reduce the unnecessary use of congregate care, and build the capacity of communities to support children and families.

To achieve the promise of Family First, Montana will need to adapt. State agencies will need to adjust and change systems. Private providers, particularly group home providers, will need to alter services and business models to better meet the needs of children and caregivers. Judges, attorneys and other legal partners will be relied upon to make informed decisions about what children and youth need to succeed. Members of the community need to be informed of best practices and engaged in active solutions. In short, successful implementation requires an all-hands-on-deck approach.

Moderated by Michael Chavers, YBGR CEO

Panelists: Jeff Folsom, Dennis Sulser, & Nikki Grossberg 

The Role of Adolescent Faith and Spirituality

Spirituality helps people cope with everyday stresses by giving them hope and meaning in life through the values they live out on a daily basis. Looking at the core issues of independence, intimacy and identity is critical in the role of healthy spiritual development. Through questioning what beliefs adolescents will personally own, will help us to understand what values emerge through the formation of healthy spirituality.

Moderated by John Dailey, YBGR Spiritual Director

Panelists to be announced

Looking Beyond Behavior

All behavior is a form of communication. Looking beyond behavior for meaning is an important tool not just for mental-health providers but for communities. Unmet needs continue to echo in problematic behaviors and once you can determine the meaning you can create positive change through support. These concepts are universal in relationships and can be deployed by anyone. In this panel, we will explore the importance of developing communities attuned to the meaning of behavior so that we can all be part of positive change.

Moderated by Tyson Schumacher, YBGR CIO

Panelists to be announced

Youth Voice: Evolution of Care

A panel of former youth who were recipients of mental health services in and out of the state of Montana. We will explore their firsthand experiences in mental health to gather valuable information on past and existing systems of care that affect the lives of children.

Moderated by Rishay Watson, YBGR Executive Director of Business Development and Marketing

Panelists to be announced

Empowered to Connect Free Online Conference

 

 

 

 

Montana’s Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch will be offering free access to Karyn Purvis’ world renowned, Empowered to Connect simulcast.

Empowered to Connect (ETC) is an attachment rich community focused program that exists to support, resource, and educate caregivers. ETC’s resources and trainings are especially helpful for caregivers of children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, and maltreatment. ETC relies heavily on the model of Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) created by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross at the TCU Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development.

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch staff will be on-hand to facilitate discussions throughout the presentations in order to dig deep into how these parenting techniques can be implemented in our daily lives.  

 

  Mondays Tuesdays  
Class 1 27-Apr-20 28-Apr-20  
Class 2 4-May-20 5-May-20  
Class 3 11-May-20 12-May-20  
Class 4 18-May-20 19-May-20  
       
*All viewings begin at 3pm and end by 7:30pm

Click HERE to register for this free event 

COVID-19 Important Announcements

Updated June 7th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all again for your support and understanding.  Last week, we were notified that a Yellowstone Academy staff member program tested positive for COVID-19.  This staff member identified symptoms while working for YA in an off-site capacity on May 27.  Their last contact with youth on the PRTF was the previous day.  Our thoughts and prayers for a speedy and full recovery are with the staff.

YGBR will follow the direction and guidance of the local County Health Officer regarding quarantines and precautions.  Individuals identified as close contacts and requiring quarantine will be contacted directly by RiverStone Health.

Thank you again.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Respectfully,

Mike Chavers, CEO and Keith Tresch, YA Superintendent

Updated May 14th,

Dear Caregivers and Guardians,

Thank you all again for your support and partnership during the COVID-19 pandemic.  YBGR remains committed to earning your trust through on-going communication and transparency. 

Earlier this week, we were notified that a second youth in our Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program tested positive for COVID-19.  YGBR will follow the direction and guidance of the local County Health Officer regarding quarantines and precautions.  We will be praying for a quick and full recovery. 

I mentioned in my previous communication that we are in the process of adjusting restrictions in response to the lowered number of cases.  We continue to take reasonable and prudent actions to minimize risk, while moving towards more normal operations

On the PRTF, the transition to lunches and dinners served in the dining hall for residential youth has been delayed until the upcoming school break.  The timing of the transition allows Day School youth to not experience a disruption in their schedule during the remaining weeks of the regular school year.  We do plan to implement the return to the dining hall in early June. 

Also, beginning June 1, the Lodges may participate in outdoor, planned, mixed-group activities.  This will include the resumption of YoungLife activities on campus, as well as events planned and coordinated through our Therapeutic Recreation department.  Youth served by our Community Based Services (CBS) team may also utilize outdoor campus facilities and the CBS / London Lodge building, at this same time. 

Beginning Monday, May 17th, masks will no longer be required for staff when engaging in outdoor activities, if social distancing can be maintained.  You may have seen yesterday’s guidance update from the CDC stating that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks.  The CDC has specifically exempted healthcare settings from this guidance.  Based upon our Values and concern for the safety of those we serve, we will comply with the CDC guidelines by requiring masks to be worn while working or interacting with others in an indoor setting, regardless of vaccination status

As time goes on, assuming that cases continue to stay low, we will continue to relax guidelines, while remaining within CDC and County Health Department guidance.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO

Updated May 6th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all again for your understanding and support of YBGR during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We appreciate your partnership, and we are committed to earning and maintaining your trust. 

Earlier this week, we were notified that a youth in our Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program tested positive for COVID-19.  YGBR will follow the direction and guidance of the local County Health Officer regarding quarantines and precautions.  Our thoughts and prayers for a speedy and full recovery are with the youth and their foster family. 

It has been quite some time since I have sent an update like this regarding COVID-19 precautions at YBGR.  This is a great thing, because it means that we are no longer having frequent quarantines or positive cases.  In response to the decrease in cases, YBGR has begun to gradually ease restrictions and move towards “normal” operations.  As we do this, we will continue to monitor symptoms and cases, to contain any COVID-19 cases which may occur among either youth or staff.  Our Values and maintaining the health and safety of our staff and those we serve will continue to be our ultimate guide. 

Despite these eased restrictions, we will continue to require masks for staff.  The CDC is still recommending masks in workplaces and public settings, even for those who are vaccinated.  The overwhelming evidence shows that masks are effective in limiting the spread of infection and that wearing a mask is not harmful to the wearer.  We will comply with these guidelines and requests because doing so reflects our values of Respect, Relationship and Safety.

During the month of May, on the PRTF, we will begin to transition to lunches and dinners served in the dining hall.  The transition will be coordinated with enough lead time to limit the disruption to both YA and the PRTF. 

As time goes on, assuming cases continue to stay low, we will continue to relax guidelines, while remaining within CDC and County Health Department guidance.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO

Updated March 1,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you again for your ongoing support and concern.  While cases have been diminishing, YBGR continues to be committed to making reasonable and prudent efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to communicate to our partners and stakeholders.  We are grateful for your trust.   

Last week, we were notified of two additional members of the YBGR family who tested positive for COVID-19.  We wish them a speedy and full recovery. 

The first staff member worked at our PRTF campus, in a position with minimal youth contact.  They first began feeling ill on Monday, 2/22/2021.  They did not return to work following symptoms appearing.  The second staff member was a member of our CBS team, working in the Lewistown region.  They last worked on Monday, 2/22/2021, following minor symptoms the previous day.  Any individuals identified as close contacts will be notified via the appropriate county health agency. 

Thank you again for your support.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated February 16th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you again for supporting the Mission and Values of YBGR, and for you understanding and cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic.    

Yesterday, we were notified of an additional member of the YBGR family who tested positive for COVID-19.  We wish them a speedy and full recovery. 

The staff member worked in a school-based program in the Billings region.  Their last day of work in the school setting was on Friday, February 5th, following identification as a close contact.  Their first day reporting symptoms was Saturday, February 13th.  As usual, any individuals identified at risk as a close contact will be notified by RiverStone Health. 

As Montana has been experiencing a steady reduction of cases in Montana, along with increasing vaccinations, we will be making changes to the visitation procedures for youth served on the PRTF, beginning February 22, 2021.  Please refer to the previous post regarding updated visitation restrictions and guidelines, and feel free to reach out with any questions that you may have.

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated February 15th,

YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all for your support, understanding and patience as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.  Considering the reduction of cases in Montana and steadily increasing vaccinations, YBGR will be making changes to the visitation procedures for youth served on the PRTF. 

Beginning February 22, 2021, parents and caregivers will be allowed to visit youth in person, with the following restrictions and guidelines: 

  • Campus visitation must be scheduled and approved in advance, through the Treatment Coordinators.
  • All visitation will occur on campus.  Off-campus or overnight passes are not approved. 
  • Orth Family Center remains closed.  Visitors will not be provided with on-campus housing.
  • Only two adult visitors will be allowed to visit a youth on campus at a time.  No visitors under the age of 18.   
  • Visits will be two hours in length and occur between the hours of 9:00am and 8:00pm in 2-hour blocks on weekdays and weekends.  
  • Visits will happen in the Clinic building, 7136 Respect Lane, Billings, MT 59106 Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/TjvksA8PK2rKdMdV8
  • Upon arrival to the ranch, visitors will call the clinic at 406-651-2818 to announce their arrival. Visitors are required to wear a mask while on campus. If a visitor does not have a mask, one will be provided. 
  • Visitors will come into the clinic to check-in, which will include temperature and symptom checks, as well as verification of non-exposure. 
    • If a guest has a temperature of more than 100 degrees or displays symptoms, the visit will be cancelled, and the visitors will be required to immediately leave the premises.  
    • Visitors will also be asked to verify that they have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or someone with symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 48 hours.  If a visitor has been exposed, the visit will be cancelled, and the visitors will be required to immediately leave the premises.
  • Upon completing the check-in procedure, visitors will be escorted by the clinic staff to the approved visitation area, which is a designated family room in the Clinic building.
  • Visitors must remain within the designated office area throughout the visitation time.  Only one family will be allowed within the visitation area at a time. 
  • Masks must be worn by visitors and the youth throughout the visit. 
  • Visitors will not be allowed into any other buildings. No restroom facilities are available during the visit.  
  • All visits will start and end promptly at the scheduled time to allow others to visit and to prevent inadvertent transmission between families.  Visitation will not be extended past the scheduled time for any reason, including late arrival. 

Refusal to follow the guidelines or leaving the visitation area, will result in the visitation being terminated.  

YBGR is committed to the health and safety of those entrusted to our care.  We continue to make reasonable and prudent efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  As the guidance and information is updated, we will adjust accordingly and communicate our efforts in a timely manner. 

Thank you all for your efforts in maintaining regular communication with your child and the treatment team, despite the challenges of the pandemic.  I am grateful for your cooperation and understanding.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions that you may have.

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated February 10th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all again for your support and partnership.  YBGR remains committed to transparency and communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Earlier this week, we were notified that a member of the YBGR family tested positive for COVID-19.  We wish them a full and speedy recovery. 

This employee works in a school-based setting, within the Billings region.  Their last date of work was on Thursday, February 4th.  They were tested the following day.  Any individuals identified as close contacts will be informed via RiverStone Health or the school. 

You may be aware that Governor Gianforte has rescinded the statewide mask mandate in Montana, effective this coming Friday.  This order allows individual jurisdictions to continue to enforce mask mandates and encourages businesses and others to follow best practice guidelines. 

As a healthcare organization, YBGR will continue to require masks.  Staff have been encouraged to remain diligent in wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing when possible and staying home when sick. 

Why would we continue to require masks despite the Governor rescinding the mandate? 

  1. The CDC continues to recommend mask wearing for healthcare workers, for their own protection and the protection of those they serve.
  2. The preponderance of clinical research has shown that mask wearing is effective in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 and is not harmful to the wearer.
  3. The families of the youth entrusted to our care expect us to take reasonable efforts to ensure the health and safety of their child.  Mask wearing is a reasonable effort. 

Following accepted guidance and research reflects our Values and commitment to those we serve.  The health of our youth, and the reassurance to you is worth the discomfort that we may experience by wearing a mask. 

Please note that YBGR remains eligible for the COVID-19 vaccinations as healthcare workers.  I encourage all YBGR staff to get the vaccine.  Many of our staff have already received their second dose.

Other precautions, such as regular cleaning and sanitization of the lodges, maintaining lodge groupings and restricting visitation continues.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated January 28,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Once again, I am grateful for your support and understanding during this challenging time.  YBGR is committed to being a transparent partner and providing accurate information at all times. 

Earlier this week, we placed one of our lodges under quarantine following an unverified report that a discharged youth developed symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 within two days of the discharge, which is the contagion period for contact tracing.  While we attempted to verify the positive test of the discharged youth, a youth currently in Dorothy’s began to display symptoms similar to COVID-19.  Out of an abundance of caution, we instituted a quarantine.    This quarantine is scheduled to end on Thursday, February 4thAs of this time, the youth in Dorothy’s has recovered, and no other youth are displaying symptoms.  We have yet to receive written verification of a positive test for the discharged youth. 

The lodge has been provided with additional PPE and cleaning supplies, including an electrostatic sprayer.  All other previous guidance regarding wearing of masks, washing hands, socially distancing whenever possible and staying home when sick are still in effect. 

Please note that YBGR remains eligible for the COVID-19 vaccinations as healthcare workers.  I encourage all YBGR staff to get the vaccine, and I know that many have.  Several YBGR staff members received their second dose this week.

Thank you again for your partnership.  Please reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated January 21,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all again for your support and understanding.  While, thankfully, case rates have gone down in Montana and vaccinations have begun, we aren’t out of the woods yet.  Our staff are continuing to follow the guidelines of hand washing, mask wearing, social distancing whenever possible and staying home when sick.  We continue to adhere to these standards for the safety of our employees and our youth, as well as out of respect for those who entrust their children to us. 

Yesterday, I was notified that another member of the YBGR family have tested positive for COVID-19.  Please keep them in your prayers for a quick and complete recovery. 

The staff member is a member of our YA team.  They last worked on Friday, January 15th, and began to feel ill on that same day.  This staff member has worked with both day school and PRTF youth. 

Any individuals identified as close contacts will be notified by the RiverStone Health.  YBGR is continuing to follow the guidance regarding youth. 

Please note that YBGR remains eligible for the COVID-19 vaccinations as healthcare workers.  I encourage all YBGR staff to get the vaccine.  Many staff have already received it, and others are scheduled. 

Currently, we have one lodge under quarantine due to a positive COVID case within the lodge.  The youth is recovering well.  I will keep you updated if additional cases are identified or if the youth needs additional medical services. 

Thank you all again.  Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. 

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated January 14th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all again for your support and understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic.  YBGR values your trust, and we are committed to transparency and frequent communication. 

Yesterday afternoon and early today, we were notified that two more members of the YBGR family have tested positive for COVID-19.  Please keep them in your prayers for a quick and complete recovery. 

The first employee last worked in PRTF on Monday 1/11 and began to feel ill on 1/12 and tested positive on 1/13.

The second employee in PRTF began to feel ill on 1/11. They last worked on 1/12 and tested positive the same day.

Additionally, a youth in PRTF tested positive yesterday 1/13. A lodge quarantine was immediately initiated to reduce risk of transmission. At present the quarantine is expected to expire on 1/25.

Any individuals identified as close contacts will be notified by the RiverStone Health.  YBGR is continuing to follow the guidance regarding youth. 

YBGR staff continue to receive vaccinations and to follow all CDC recommendations.

Thank you all again for you support.  Please reach out with any questions that you may have.

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated January 12th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all for your support and partnership.  YBGR remains committed to transparency and communication regarding the COVID-19 and its impact upon our services.  

Earlier today, we were notified that two more members of the YBGR family have tested positive for COVID-19.  Please keep them in your prayers for a quick and complete recovery. 

The first staff member is a member of our PRTF team.  They last worked on the PRTF on Tuesday, January 5th.  The began feeling ill on Friday, January 8th, and was tested the following Monday, January 11th

The second staff member is also a member of our PRTF team.  They last worked on Friday, January 8th.  They began to have symptoms on Saturday, January 9th, and were tested the following Monday, January 11th.

Any individuals identified as close contacts will be notified by the RiverStone Health.  YBGR is continuing to follow the guidance regarding youth.  As of this time, no youth on the PRTF campus are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. 

YBGR staff have begun to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, as essential healthcare workers.  All staff are strongly encouraged to get a vaccine. 

Thank you again.  Please reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated January 5th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all again for your support and understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic.  YBGR values your trust, and we are committed to transparency and frequent communication. 

Yesterday afternoon and early today, we were notified that two more members of the YBGR family have tested positive for COVID-19.  Please keep them in your prayers for a quick and complete recovery. 

The first staff member was a member of our YA family, who also assisted in the PRTF.  They were notified of being a close contact on 12/30/2020, while at work.  They immediately left work and were tested the same day.  Symptoms began the following day, 12/31/2020. 

The second staff member is a member of our CBS team, working in a school-based setting within the Billings region.  They began to have symptoms on 12/28/2020.  This was also their last day of work.

Any individuals identified as close contacts will be notified by the RiverStone Health.  YBGR is continuing to follow the guidance regarding youth.  Currently, no youth on the PRTF campus are displaying any symptoms related to COVID-19. 

Over the weekend, the YBGR staff have begun receiving vaccinations for COVID-19.  The vaccination is strongly encouraged for all staff members. 

Thank you all again for you support.  Please reach out with any questions that you may have.

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated December 22nd,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all for your support of YBGR, not only during this pandemic, but through the Christmas season in general.  I’m deeply grateful for the partnerships and understanding. 

Today, we had an asymptomatic youth test positive for COVID-19 on our PRTF campus.  Thus far, the youth shows no symptoms, and nor do any other youth in the lodge.

Following the guidelines of RiverStone Health and the CDC, we will need to quarantine the lodge for the next 10 days or until the youth receives two negative results.  That quarantine will begin today. 

Thank you again for the communication and support.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.  Most of all, I wish you a safe and Merry Christmas.

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO

Updated December 10th,

Dear Caregivers and Guardians,

Thank you all again for understanding and support.  We are grateful for your partnership.   

Yesterday, we were notified that a youth in our Day School services at YA tested positive for COVID-19.  We wish them a speedy and full recovery. 

The youth was sent home on Wednesday, December 2nd, after developing a fever at school.  They did not have any contact with any PRTF youth.  Any individuals identified as close contacts will be notified by the RiverStone Health. 

Guardians of other youth within the impacted school building have been notified by YA.  YA continues to monitor all youth for symptoms of COVID-19 and is following all RiverStone Health and CDC guidance.  YA also continues its efforts to clean and disinfect all school areas daily. 

Thank you all again.  Be well.   

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO

Updated December 8th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all for again for your partnership and support.  I’m grateful for you and your understanding, particularly during this pandemic. 

We were recently notified that three additional YBGR family members have tested positive for COVID-19.  Please keep them in them in your prayers for a quick and complete recovery. 

The first individual was a member of Community Based Services team, working fully remote, out of our Billings office.  This individual has not had any contact with either youth or staff in the recent past. 

The second individual was a member of our PRTF family.  They last worked on Monday, November 30th, and began to have symptoms on Thursday, December 3rd

The third individual was also a member of our PRTF family.  They began to feel ill on Wednesday, December 2nd while at work.  They have not returned to work since that day. 

Any individuals identified as close contacts will be notified by the RiverStone Health.  YBGR is continuing to follow the guidance regarding youth. 

The three youth displaying symptoms previously reported each tested negative for COVID-19, through rapid testing.  Due to a high rate of false negatives associated with rapid testing, we will continue the Lodge quarantine until the youth are no longer displaying symptoms or confirmatory tests results are received. 

We continue to maintain all previous efforts and precautions and are following the guidance provided by our County Health Officer and the CDC.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated December 4th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

I hope this finds you all healthy and safe.  Thank you all for your partnership, guidance and support.  You are appreciated. 

This morning, three youth in one of our lodges reported symptoms similar to those of COVID-19.  The three youth are being sent for testing.  In an abundance of caution, we will be quarantining the entire lodge. 

YBGR is continuing in its efforts to contain the spread and transmission of COVID-19.  These include regular cleaning and disinfecting of the lodge, maintaining lodge groupings and requiring all staff to wear masks. 

I will keep you updated.  Thank you again for your support.  Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated December 3rd,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you for again for your support and understanding during these challenging times.  We appreciate your partnership.    

Today, another YBGR family member tested positive for COVID-19.  Please keep them in them in your prayers for a quick and complete recovery. 

The individual was a member of our CBS team, working out of the Dillon office.  This staff member last worked around youth or staff on Wednesday, November 25th.  They began to notice symptoms on Friday, November 27th.  They have not returned to work since symptoms began, according to the guidance.  This staff member has not had any recent contact with any youth within the PRTF.  Any individual identified as a close contact will be notified by the Beaverhead County Health Officer.

We continue to take all previously identified precautions, and follow the guidance as provided by the County Health Officers and the CDC.  At this time, no youth on the PRTF are showing any symptoms of COVID-19. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated December 1rst,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

I hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving despite the challenging times.  We at YBGR are grateful for your support and understanding. 

Yesterday and this morning, I was notified of two additional YBGR family members that tested positive for COVID-19.  Please keep them in your prayers for a quick and complete recovery. 

The first individual was a member of our Community Based Services team, working in a school setting in the Billings region.  Their last day of work within the school setting was Friday, November 20th.  Symptoms began on Sunday, November 22nd.  Following guidance, the employee worked remotely from the time that symptoms began.  They have not worked on the PRTF campus. 

The second individual was a member of our PRTF team.  Their last day of work was Monday, November 23rd.  Symptoms began on Wednesday, November 25th.  

Any individual identified as a direct contact will receive notification and instructions via RiverStone Health.   At this time, no youth have been identified by RiverStone Health as close contacts.

YBGR continues all previously mentioned mitigation efforts.  At this time, we have no youth suspected of having COVID-19 within our PRTF. 

Thank you all again.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. 

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated November 29th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

We appreciate your support and feedback. We remain committed to transparency during these challenging times and want to provide you with an update.

Yesterday, a member of our contracted food services team (Sodexo) tested positive for COVID-19. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers for a quick and complete recovery. They last worked on November 23rd following our guidance of leaving work during the onset of symptoms.

Several Sodexo staff were identified as close contacts by RiverStone Health. Those who were not identified as close contacts are picking up shifts as well as other staff from other kitchen locations. Temporary adjustments including packaged meals and contactless pickup are being implemented. At this point, no YBGR staff or youth has been identified as a close contact.

In happier news, our previously reported lodge quarantine has expired as of midnight 11/28 and everyone is doing well. Our procedures were reviewed for effectiveness and in coordination with RiverStone Health. While the situation was unfortunate, we have learned from the experience and I am happy to report our procedures worked as they were intended.

YBGR continues to follow all guidance and maintains its efforts in controlling transmission of the virus. We thank you for your continued trust and partnership as we navigate these challenging times.

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated November 24th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

We appreciate your support and feedback.  YBGR remains committed to transparency during these challenging times.

Yesterday, two more YBGR family members tested positive for COVID-19.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers for a quick and complete recovery. 

The first individual was a member of our PRTF team.  This staff member last worked on the morning of Thursday, November 19th.  Symptoms began later that same evening.  They have not returned to work since symptoms began, according to the guidance. 

The second individual was also a member of our PRTF team, however working at a different lodge and shift.  They began to have symptoms on Wednesday, November 18th, while at work.  They have not returned to work since that time. 

Any staff members identified as a close contact will receive notification and instructions through RiverStone Health.  At this time, no youth have been identified by RiverStone Health as close contacts.

YBGR continues to follow all guidance and maintains its efforts in controlling transmission of the virus.  As of today, the two youth previously identified as testing positive for COVID-19 remain in quarantine.  Their symptoms have improved, and they are doing well.  Quarantine for these youth and the other youth within the lodge is currently expected to end on Saturday, November 28th

Respectfully,

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated November 23rd,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you again for your partnership, understanding and cooperation.  We appreciate your support during these unprecedented times.   

Today and over the weekend we received word that three additional members of the YBGR family tested positive for COVID-19.  We are keeping them in our prayers for a quick and complete recovery. 

The first individual was a member of our PRTF team.  They were complying with a close contact quarantine when they began to display symptoms.  Their last day of work prior to the close contact quarantine was Wednesday, November 11th.  They began to display symptoms on Saturday, November 14th.  Due to the length of time between last day worked and symptoms, there are no risks to any YBGR staff or youth. 

The second individual was also a member of our PRTF team.  They began to have symptoms on Friday, November 13, after leaving work.  Following guidance, they have not returned to work since that time.  Any staff member identified as a close contact will receive notification and instructions through RiverStone Health.  At this time, no youth have been identified by RiverStone Health as close contacts to this staff member. 

The third individual is a member of our CBS team.  Their last in-person contact with clients or staff was on Wednesday, November 4th.  They began to feel symptoms on Friday, November 13th.  Due to the length of time between last day worked and symptoms, there are no risks to any YBGR staff or youth. 

As of today, the two youth previously identified as testing positive for COVID-19 remain in quarantine.  Their symptoms have improved, and they are doing well.  We do not have any other suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the PRTF currently. 

We continue to follow the guidance and recommendations that have been previously identified.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any concerns or questions that you may have.

Respectfully,

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated November 20th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all again for your cooperation and understanding during these unprecedented times.  We are grateful for your partnership. 

 Today we were notified that another member of our YBGR family tested positive for COVID-19.  We wish them a speedy and full recovery. 

This staff member worked on our PRTF.  They last worked on Monday, November 16th.  Symptoms began on Tuesday, November 17th

If any staff member is identified as a close contact, they will be contacted directly by RiverStone Health.  YBGR has not been contacted thus far regarding any youth being identified as a close contact. 

Also, today, we were notified that the two youth displaying symptoms tested positive for COVID-19.  These youth remain in quarantine.   Both appear to have recovered fully and are no longer displaying any symptoms. 

As of now, there are no other youth displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 on the PRTF. 

YBGR continues to follow all guidance and maintains its efforts in controlling transmission of the virus.  We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

Respectfully,
Mike


Updated November 19th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all again for your partnership and understanding during these challenging times.  YBGR is committed to full transparency, and we appreciate your support. 

Late yesterday, we were notified of two additional staff members that have tested positive for COVID-19.  The two cases do not appear to be connected.  Our thoughts and prayers are with each of them for a rapid and full recovery.

The first is an employee working within our PRTF services.  They first noticed symptoms on Saturday, November 15th, while working in the lodge.  Following guidance, they left work and did not return.

The second employee is a member of our YA team who also works with YBGR youth in the PRTF.  The employee reports that symptoms began on Sunday, November 15th.  They did not report to work following observing symptoms, according to guidance.  Their last day of work was Saturday, November 14th.

Staff members identified as close contacts, if any, will be contacted directly by RiverStone Health.  YBGR has not been contacted thus far regarding any youth being identified as a close contact. 

YBGR continues to follow all guidance and maintains its efforts in controlling transmission of the virus.  To date, we still do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among youth, however we are still awaiting test results on the two youth who previously displayed symptoms.  I will continue to keep you updated. 

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated November 18th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you again for your understanding and cooperation during these challenging times.  We appreciate you and your partnership. 

Late yesterday, we were notified of three additional staff members that have tested positive for COVID-19.  The three cases do not appear to be connected in any way, as they all work in different areas with limited to no contact with one another.  Our thoughts and prayers are with each of them for a rapid and full recovery.

The first is an employee in our Community Based Services, working in a school-based setting in the Billings region.  The employee first noticed symptoms on Sunday, November 8th, and avoided contact with other youth and staff through Tuesday, November 10th, when they were tested.  RiverStone Health has provided guidance that no youth or staff are considered close contacts. 

The second is an employee working within our PRTF services.  They first noticed symptoms on Sunday, November 15th, and following guidance, did not return to work.  Their last day of contact with any youth or staff was Friday, November 13th.  The individual resides outside of Yellowstone County; therefore, RiverStone Health is not involved in contact tracing.  Based upon previous guidance regarding onset of symptoms, it does not appear that any youth or staff would be considered a close contact. 

The third employee is a member of our YA team who worked with both PRTF and Day School youth.  The employee reports that they had minor symptoms on Sunday, November 15th.  They reported to work on Monday, November 16th, but left work by 8am due to symptom progression.  Staff members identified as close contacts, if any, will be contacted directly by RiverStone Health.  YBGR has not been contacted thus far regarding any youth being identified as a close contact. 

YBGR continues to follow all guidance and maintains its efforts in controlling transmission of the virus.  To date, we still do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among youth, however we do have two youth for which we are awaiting results from testing.  As results from the testing are received, I will update this information.   

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO

Updated November 16th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in our state, YBGR is not immune to the impact.  The efforts of our staff at YBGR have slowed transmission, and I am grateful, but the disease is relentless in its ability to spread. 

Due to this uptick in cases, we are cancelling all visitation and passes on campus until further notice.  I know that this is difficult on our families and our kids, but the step is a necessary one to prevent spread. 

While we still do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among youth, we do have a youth displaying COVID-like symptoms in one lodge.  In an abundance of caution and in order to prevent spread, we have placed all youth in the lodge into quarantine.  Currently, all youth are confined to their rooms as much as possible, and masks are required for youth when out of their rooms.  The bathrooms and common areas will be sanitized after each use. 

YBGR will be providing additional PPE, including N95 masks and gloves for any staff member working within the effected lodge.  Any youth with symptoms will be tested, and a plan to contain the virus will be implemented for the youth if necessary.  If the youth is positive, all youth within the lodge will remain under quarantine due to close contact. 

For the youth in the lodge, we are working to provide additional opportunities to prevent boredom and frustration during the quarantine period.  We will be providing the lodge with additional tablets for entertainment and streaming for the youth and looking for other ways to provide them with safe and enjoyable opportunities during the quarantine period. 

YBGR is committed to being transparent and providing a safe and healthy environment for youth.  I appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.  Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.

Respectfully,

Mike Chavers, CEO

Updated November 13th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

We appreciate the cooperation and partnership with you all during these unique circumstances.  Thank you for your partnership and trust in our organization.  YBGR remains committed transparency and providing accurate and timely information regarding our services. 

Today, three more members of the YBGR and YA family have tested positive for COVID-19.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers for a quick and complete recovery.

The first staff member is a member of PRTF family.  Their last day of work was Thursday, November 5th.  The staff began to feel sick on Friday, November 6th, and was tested some time following, receiving a positive test result yesterday. 

The second staff is also a member of the PRTF family.  This staff member’s last day of work on campus was Friday, October 30th.  The following Monday, November 2nd, they transitioned to remote work due to not feeling well.  They were tested on Friday, November 6th.  They have not had any contact with youth or other staff since Friday, October 30th.

The third staff member was a member of our YA family, who worked with PRTF youth as well.  The staff member began to feel symptoms on Tuesday, November 10th while at work.  They left work and were tested the following day, Wednesday, November 11th.  

Please note that there does not seem to be any connection between the three staff members, as they worked in different areas or times.

As with any positive test result, RiverStone Health will conduct contact tracing and will notify any individual deemed at risk. 

Neither YBGR nor Yellowstone Academy has been contacted by RiverStone Health regarding this case, as of this time.  When or if we receive information regarding specific risk or contact tracing, we will follow all recommendations and guidelines provided by RiverStone Health.  In the meantime, we continue to monitor all youth for symptoms and will respond accordingly. 

As of today, there are no youth displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the YBGR campus. 

Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitization and not coming to work when sick remains in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment.  All staff are required to wear masks while interacting with others. 

Thank you all for your concern, support and understanding during these unprecedented and difficult times.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated November 12th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

The number of COVID cases continue to increase, and we are seeing the impact of the disease on our YBGR family.  I hope you all are remaining healthy.  We appreciate your support. 

Three more members of the YBGR and YA family have tested positive for COVID-19.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers for a quick and complete recovery.

The first staff member is a member of our Community Based Services team, working at a school in the Billings area.  They have not worked on the PRTF campus.  The staff began to feel sick on Friday, November 6th, and was tested the following day.  The staff member has not returned to work since Friday, November 6th

The second staff is a member of our YA family, who worked with youth in the PRTF.  This staff member’s last day of work was Thursday, November 5th, at which time they became aware that they had been a close contact.  They tested the next day, Friday, November 6th.  They have not worked since Thursday, November 5th, and have not displayed any symptoms. 

The third staff member was a member of our PRTF team, who last worked on Friday, November 6th.  They began to feel symptoms while at work on that day and tested sometime after leaving work.  They have not returned to work since Friday, November 6th

Please note that there does not seem to be any connection between the three staff members, as they worked in different areas or times.

As with any positive test result, RiverStone Health will conduct contact tracing and will notify any individual deemed at risk. 

As of today, no youth at YBGR PRTF has displayed any symptoms related to COVID-19.

As promised, we are communicating and coordinating with the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health on an on-going basis.  Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitization and not coming to work when sick remain in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment.  All staff are required to wear masks while interacting with others. 

Thank you again for your partnership and trust.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated November 10th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all for your concern, support and understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic. YBGR is committed to be a transparent and cooperative partner and providing accurate and timely information regarding our services. 

Yesterday, I was informed that two more members of the YBGR family have tested positive for COVID-19.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers for a quick and complete recovery.

The first staff member began to feel sick on Friday, October 30th while at work on the PRTF campus.  They were instructed to go home, and they were tested the following Monday, November 2nd.  The staff member received the results of their test on Thursday, November 5th

The second staff also began to feel sick on Friday, October 30th while at work on the PRTF campus.  The staff member was tested on Tuesday, November 3rd, and we were informed of the results yesterday. 

Please note that the two staff members worked in different lodges and, at this time, do not appear to be connected. 

As with any positive test result, RiverStone Health will conduct contact tracing and will notify any individual deemed at risk. 

As of today, no youth at YBGR PRTF has displayed any symptoms related to COVID-19.

As promised, we are communicating and coordinating with the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health on an on-going basis.  Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitization and not coming to work when sick remain in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment.  All staff are required to wear masks while interacting with others. 

Thank you again for your partnership and trust.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated November 5th,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

YBGR remains committed transparency and providing accurate and timely information regarding our services. Thank you for your partnership and trust in our organization. 

Yesterday, we were informed that an additional member of the YBGR family has tested positive for COVID-19.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this member of our family. 

The staff member began to feel ill on Monday, October 26th.  Following the guidelines of staying home when sick, they did not report to work on that day, and they were tested the following day.  The staff member worked on the PRTF campus, and their last day of work was Friday, October 23, more than two days before symptoms began. 

As with any positive test result, RiverStone Health will conduct contact tracing and will notify any individual deemed at risk. 

In accordance to the guidance provided by the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health, due to the nature of this situation, it has been determined that there is not a significant risk which would require additional testing of youth at YBGR.  Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitization and not coming to work when sick remains in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment.  All staff are required to wear masks while interacting with others. 

As of today, no youth at YBGR PRTF has displayed any symptoms related to COVID-19.

Thank you all for your concern, support and understanding during these unprecedented and difficult times.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated November 2nd,

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

We appreciate the cooperation and partnership with you all during these unique circumstances.  Thank you for your partnership and trust in our organization.  YBGR remains committed transparency and providing accurate and timely information regarding our services. 

Friday, we were informed that an additional member of the YBGR family has tested positive for COVID-19.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this member of our family. 

This staff member is a member of our Yellowstone Academy team, and worked exclusively with youth involved in our Day Treatment / Day School program.  The staff member’s symptoms began on Tuesday, October 27th.  Following the guidelines of staying home when sick, they did not report to work on that day, and they were tested later in the afternoon.  The staff member’s last day of work with YA youth was on Monday, October 26th.  They have had no contact with any PRTF youth.  As with any positive test result, RiverStone Health will conduct contact tracing and will notify any individual deemed at risk. 

Neither YBGR nor Yellowstone Academy has been contacted by RiverStone Health regarding this case, as of this time.  When or if we receive information regarding specific risk or contact tracing, we will follow all recommendations and guidelines provided by RiverStone Health.  In the meantime, we continue to monitor all youth for symptoms and will respond accordingly. 

As of today, there are no youth displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the YBGR campus. 

Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitization and not coming to work when sick remains in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment.  All staff are required to wear masks while interacting with others. 

Thank you all for your concern, support and understanding during these unprecedented and difficult times.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated October 30th

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

As the number of cases of COVID continue to increase in our state, our staff have been committed to reducing the transmission of the disease through following the guidelines and recommendations of our County Health Office and the CDC.  As part of this commitment, YBGR resolves to be transparent and provide accurate and timely information. Thank you for your partnership and trust in our organization. 

Yesterday, I was informed that another member of our family has tested positive for COVID-19.  As always, our thoughts go to this staff member, and we are praying for a quick and complete recovery.

Here are the details that I can share: 

  • This staff member is a member of the PRTF team and worked directly with youth.   
  • The staff member’s symptoms began on Thursday, October 22nd, at the end of their scheduled shift.   
  • Following the guidelines of staying home when sick, Thursday, October 22nd was the staff’s last day of work.  They were tested for COVID on Monday, October 26th
  • As with any positive test result, RiverStone Health will conduct contact tracing and will contact any individual deemed at risk. 

YBGR has not yet been contacted by RiverStone Health regarding this case.  When or if we receive information regarding specific risk, we will follow all recommendations and guidelines provided by RiverStone Health. 

In the meantime, we continue to monitor all youth for symptoms and will respond accordingly.  Staff members identified through contract tracing will be directly contacted by RiverStone health.

As of today, no youth at YBGR PRTF has displayed any symptoms related to COVID-19.

Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitization and not coming to work when sick remains in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment.  All staff are required to wear masks while interacting with others.

Thank you all for your concern, support and understanding during these unprecedented and difficult times.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated October 26th

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

YBGR remains committed transparency and providing accurate and timely information regarding our services. Thank you for your partnership and trust in our organization. 

Yesterday, we were informed that an additional member of the YBGR family has tested positive for COVID-19.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this member of our family. 

This staff member is a member of our Community Based Services team, located here in Billings and working in a community school-based setting.  They were tested on Thursday, October 22nd, following being notified by contract tracing and recognition of minor symptoms.  The staff member’s last day of work with youth was Tuesday, October 20th.  The staff member did not have any contact with youth or staff on the YBGR campus.  As with any positive test result, RiverStone Health will conduct contact tracing and will contact any individual deemed at risk. 

As of today, there are no youth displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the YBGR campus. 

In accordance to the guidance provided by the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health, due to the nature of this situation, it has been determined that there is not a significant risk which would require additional testing of youth at YBGR.  Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitization and not coming to work when sick remains in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment.  All staff are required to wear masks while interacting with others. 

Thank you all for your concern, support and understanding during these unprecedented and difficult times.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated October 19th

Thank you all for your concern, support and understanding during these unprecedented and difficult times.  YBGR remains committed transparency and providing accurate and timely information regarding our services. 

Over the weekend, we were informed that an additional member of the YBGR family has tested positive for COVID-19.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this member of our family. 

This staff member is a member of our Community Based Services team, located here in Billings and working in a community school-based setting.  They began to have symptoms and were tested on Thursday, October 15th.  Since the onset of the symptoms, the staff member has not returned to work.  The staff member did not have any contact with youth or staff on the YBGR campus.  As with any positive test result, RiverStone Health will conduct contact tracing and will contact any individual deemed at risk. 

As of today, there are no youth displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the YBGR campus. 

In accordance to the guidance provided by the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health, due to the nature of this situation, it has been determined that there is not a significant risk which would require additional testing of youth at YBGR.  Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitization and not coming to work when sick remains in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment.  All staff are required to wear masks while interacting with others. 

Thank you again for your partnership and trust.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated October 8th

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all for your concern, support and understanding during these unprecedented and difficult times.  YBGR remains committed transparency and providing accurate and timely information regarding our services. 

Earlier today, we were informed that an additional member of the YBGR family has tested positive for COVID-19.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this member of our family.  The staff member has not been in any YBGR offices or facilities since Wednesday, September 23rd, and did not report to have symptoms until Friday, October 2nd.  As a member of our Community Based Services team, they had been working remotely or int the community, and their contact with other employees or youth was limited.

RiverStone Health has begun contact tracing and follow up, and YBGR will coordinate our response based upon their guidance.

As of today, there are no youth displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the YBGR campus. 

In accordance to the guidance provided by the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health, due to the nature of this situation, it has been determined that there is not a significant risk which would require additional testing of youth at YBGR.  Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitization and not coming to work when sick remains in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment.  All staff are required to wear masks while interacting with others. 

Thank you again for your partnership and trust.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated October 6th

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

YBGR is committed to be a transparent and cooperative partner and providing accurate and timely information regarding our services.  We are grateful concern, support and understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Earlier today, we were informed that an additional member of the YBGR family has tested positive for COVID-19.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this member of our family.  The staff member has not been on campus since Thursday, October 1st, and did not report to have symptoms until later that evening.  As an administrative staff, their contact with other employees was limited, and they have had no contact with youth. 

RiverStone Health has begun contact tracing and follow up, and YBGR will coordinate our response based upon their guidance.

As of today, there are no youth displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the YBGR campus. 

In accordance to the guidance provided by the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health, due to the nature of this situation, it has been determined that there is not a significant risk which would require additional testing of youth at YBGR.  Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitization and not coming to work when sick remains in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment.  All staff are required to wear masks while interacting with others. 

Thank you again for your partnership and trust.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated October 2nd

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all for your concern, support and understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic. YBGR is committed to be a transparent and cooperative partner and providing accurate and timely information regarding our services. 

Earlier today, we were informed that a member of the YBGR family has tested positive for COVID-19.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this member of our family.  The staff member has not been on campus since Friday, September 25th, and did not report to have symptoms until after that date.  As an administrative staff, their contact with other employees was limited, and they have had no contact with youth. 

RiverStone Health has begun contact tracing and follow up, and YBGR will coordinate our response based upon their guidance.

As of today, there are no youth displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the YBGR campus. 

In accordance to the guidance provided by the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health, due to the nature of this situation, it has been determined that there is not a significant risk which would require additional testing of youth at YBGR.

As promised, we are communicating and coordinating with the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health on an on-going basis.  Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitization and not coming to work when sick remains in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment.  All staff are required to wear masks while interacting with others. 

Thank you again for your partnership and trust.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated September 8th

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all for your support, understanding and patience as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.  Because of the steps taken at YBGR, we continue to have no cases of COVID-19 among youth on the PRTF.  Also, thankfully, this email isn’t an announcement regarding a positive COVID-19 case among the YBGR family. 

As Governor Bullock has changed the visitation guidance for senior care facilities, YBGR will also be making changes to the visitation procedures for youth served on the PRTF.  Beginning this week, parents and caregivers will be allowed to visit youth in person, with the following restrictions and guidelines:

  • Campus visitation must be scheduled and approved in advance, through the Treatment Coordinators.
  • All visitation will occur on campus.  Off-campus or overnight passes are not approved. 
  • Orth Family Center remains closed.  Visitors will not be provided with on-campus housing.
  • Only two adult visitors will be allowed to visit a youth on campus at a time.  No visitors under the age of 18.   
  • Visits will be two hours in length and occur between the hours of 9:00am and 7:00pm.  Extended visitation may be requested through the Treatment Coordinator prior to the visit.  Extended visitation may be granted on a case-by-case basis, dependent upon availability and distance traveled.   Approval for extended visitation will be granted through consultation with the Director of Clinic Operations and the Executive Director of PRTF.
  • Upon arrival to the parking lot nearest the Clinic, visitors will put on a mask and call the clinic, 406-651-2818, without exiting their vehicle.  If a visitor does not have a mask, one will be provided. 
  • A clinic staff will go to the parking area and perform a check-in procedure on the vehicle occupants, which will include temperature and symptom checks, as well as verification of non-exposure. 
    • If any occupants of the vehicle have a temperature of more than 100 degrees or displays symptoms, the visit will be cancelled, and the visitors will be required to immediately leave the premises.  
    • Occupants will also be asked to verify that they have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or someone with symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 48 hours.  If a visitor has been exposed, the visit will be cancelled, and the visitors will be required to immediately leave the premises.
  • Upon completing the check-in procedure, visitors will be escorted by the clinic staff to the approved visitation area, which is the fenced area on the east side of the Brekkeflat / Clinic building.
  • Visitors must remain within the fenced area throughout the visitation time.  Only one family will be allowed within the visitation area at a time. 
  • Masks must be worn by visitors and the youth throughout the visit. 
  • Visitors will not be allowed into any buildings. No restroom facilities will be provided during the visit.  The area will be covered but visitors must be prepared for changing weather conditions.  
  • All visits will start and end promptly at the scheduled time to allow others to visit and to prevent inadvertent transmission between families.  Visitation will not be extended past the scheduled time for any reason, including late arrival. 

Refusal to follow the guidelines or leaving the visitation area, will result in the visitation being terminated.  

I understand that these restrictions are just that – restrictive, and I share the frustration over the steps that COVID-19 requires us to take.  Many of our youth, their families, as well as our staff, have underlying conditions that place them at higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19.  Additionally, with contract tracing requirements, even a small number of cases within the PRTF could result in the mandatory quarantine of enough staff to significantly impact the care and safety of youth.  Clearly, that is an outcome that we would like very much to avoid.  Thank you for your understanding and support. 

Again, I appreciate not only your support and understanding.  Please feel free to ask questions or give feedback.  I very much appreciate both. 

Respectfully,
Mike


Updated August 24th

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all for your concern, support and understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic. YBGR is committed to be a transparent and cooperative partner and providing accurate and timely information regarding our services. 

Once again, earlier today, we were informed that a member of the YBGR family has tested positive for COVID-19.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this member of our family.  This staff member was last on campus on Thursday, August 20th, for training and campus tour.  During this time, as well as the previous two days, the staff member was masked. There was limited contact or interaction with any youth, and none more than 15 minutes or closer than six feet. 

RiverStone Health has begun contact tracing and follow up, and YBGR will coordinate our response based upon their guidance.

As of today, there are no youth displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the YBGR campus. 

In working with the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health, due to the nature of this situation, they have determined that there is not a significant risk which would require additional testing of staff or youth at YBGR. 

As promised, we are communicating and coordinating with the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health on an on-going basis.  Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitization and not coming to work when sick remains in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment.  All staff are required to wear masks while interacting with others. 

Thank you again for your partnership and trust.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated August 19, 2020

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

YBGR is committed to be a transparent and cooperative partner and providing accurate and timely information regarding our services.  Thank you all for your concern, support and understanding during these unprecedented and difficult times. 

Yesterday, we were informed that another of our family has tested positive for COVID-19.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this staff and we are hoping for a quick and full recovery. 

This staff member was last on campus on Tuesday, August 11th, for a school staff meeting, in which all staff, including this individual, wore masks.  The staff member had no contact with any youth while on campus.  Prior to this, the individual had not been on campus since the beginning of the school break, on Tuesday, July 31st. 

As of today, there are no youth displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the YBGR campus. 

In working with the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health, due to the nature of this situation, they have determined that there is not a significant risk which would require additional testing of staff or youth at YBGR. 

As promised, we are communicating and coordinating with the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health on an on-going basis.  Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitization and not coming to work when sick remains in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment.  All staff are required to wear masks while interacting with others. 

YBGR and Yellowstone Academy (YA) are working together to ensure that YA Day School service can resume in-person education services in a safe way for youth that do not reside on the YBGR campus.  As we resume these services, we will continue to cooperate and coordinate with the County Health Officer.  Youth receiving services through Day School services at YA will not have any interaction with youth residing on the YBGR campus. 

Thank you again for your partnership and trust.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Updated July 27, 2020

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

YBGR is committed to be a transparent and cooperative partner and providing accurate and timely information regarding our services.  Thank you all for your concern, support and understanding during these unprecedented and difficult times. 

Earlier today, we were contacted by RiverStone Health informing us that another of our family has tested positive for COVID-19.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this staff and we are hoping for a quick and full recovery.  This staff member last worked one week ago, July 20th, on Fortin East, when they left work early due to illness. 

As of today, there are no youth displaying symptoms of COVID-19 at YBGR. 

In working with the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health, due to the nature of this situation, they have determined that there is not a significant risk which would require additional testing of staff or youth at YBGR. 

As promised, we are communicating and coordinating with the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health on an on-going basis.  Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitization and not coming to work when sick remains in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment. 

Thank you again for your partnership and trust.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Update July 21, 2020

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all for your on-going support and understanding.   YBGR continues to be diligent in ensuring the health and safety of our staff and those we serve.  We also remain committed to being transparent and cooperative partners, providing accurate and timely information during these challenging times. 

Earlier today, I was informed by RiverStone Health that a member of the YBGR family has tested positive for COVID-19.  RiverStone Health has begun contact tracing and follow up, and YBGR is coordinating our services and response with RiverStone Health.

Here is what we know right now:

  • This staff member last worked one week ago (July 14th) on Jessie Grant. 
  • The staff member did not begin to have symptoms until after leaving work. 

YBGR is coordinating and cooperating with RiverStone health to ensure the health and safety of both our youth and employees.  At this time, RiverStone has stated that youth served at YBGR do not require testing, due to the precautions and ongoing monitoring occurring at YBGR. 

As of today, no youth at YBGR is displaying any symptoms related to COVID-19.

As a reminder, we are continuing to practice precautionary and preventative measures, including social distancing and frequent handwashing.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment occurs.  All staff are required to wear masks while interacting with youth. 

Thank you again for your partnership and trust.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Update July 14, 2020

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all for your concern, support and understanding during these unprecedented and difficult times.  YBGR is committed to be a transparent and cooperative partner and providing accurate and timely information regarding our services. 

Late Sunday, I was informed that a second YBGR staff member has received a confirmed positive test result for COVID-19.  It is important to note that the staff member has not been present at YBGR since June 28th.

In working with the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health, due to the nature of this situation, they have determined that there is not a significant risk which would require additional testing of staff or youth at YBGR.

The facts, as we understand them, are these:

  • a family member of the staff first tested positive on or around July 3rd.  As a reminder, the staff member had not worked since Sunday, June 28th, six days prior to the positive test of the family member and prior to the onset of symptoms. 
  • The staff member was subsequently tested. 
  • This past Sunday, July 12th, was when we were notified of a positive test result.   

As promised, we are communicating and coordinating with the County Health Officer and RiverStone Health on an on-going basis.  Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, not coming to work when sick remains in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment. 

Due to the rapid increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana, we are moving PRTF back to phone/video visits. On-campus visits will be paused.  While a difficult decision to make, we believe this action will ensure the health and safety of both our youth and staff.

On a positive note, the staff member that tested positive on July 9th has made a full recovery and is in the process of being medically cleared to safely return to work. 

Thank you again for your partnership and trust.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO


Update July 9, 2020

Dear YBGR Stakeholders,

Thank you all for your concern, support and understanding during these unprecedented and difficult times.  YBGR is committed to be a transparent and cooperative partner and providing accurate and timely information regarding our services. 

Earlier today, I was notified that a YBGR staff member tested positive for COVID-19.  First and foremost, our thoughts go to this staff member, and we are praying for a quick and complete recovery.  This staff member is a part-time, administrative staff.  Their contact with other employees has been limited, and they have had no contact with youth.  The staff member has not been on campus since noon on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, and did not report to have symptoms until after that date.

Thankfully, this situation seems to be low risk for transmission to other employees or youth on campus.  We will be using this situation as a learning opportunity and making adjustments in guidance to prevent further transmission or outbreaks.  Simply put, the health of those we serve is important, and we will respond according to our values of Integrity, Respect, Relationship, Safety and Stewardship.

Because we have had a confirmed positive case among our family, we have communicated with the County Health Officer, updated our guidelines and are taking specific actions.  We commit to following the most current information and guidance, and to communicate with you regularly. 

Due to the confirmed case of COVID-19 of a YBGR staff member, beginning on Friday, July 10, 2020, here are the updated guidance and requirements:

Face masks will be required for all staff and visitors when interacting with othersMasks are to be worn anytime others are present, regardless of how many people are in proximity. Those not wearing masks will be asked to wear a mask or leave campus.  Masks will be provided upon request.

All YBGR staff will receive refresher training on transmission precautions and handwashing. 

Previous guidance to employees including social distancing, frequent handwashing, not coming to work when sick remains in effect.  Temperature checks are done daily on all youth and staff members and visitors.  Youth also continue to be isolated to lodge groupings, with meals delivered, and regular cleaning and sanitation of common areas and equipment. 

Thank you again for your partnership and trust.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Mike Chavers, CEO

 


Update June 8, 2020

Dear family members and caregivers of youth served at YBGR,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have navigated the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As the state of Montana has begun to loosen restrictions and change guidelines as part of Phase 2, YBGR is also adjusting. 

Beginning June 15th, we will begin to allow parents and caregivers to visit youth on campus, under the following conditions:

  • Campus visitation must be scheduled and approved in advance, through the Treatment Coordinators
  • All visitation will occur on campus.  No off-campus or overnight passes will be approved. 
  • Orth Family Center remains closed.  Visitors will not be provided with on-campus housing.
  • Only two adult visitors will be allowed to visit a youth on campus at a time.  No visitors under the age of 18.   
  • All visitors must check in at the clinic for symptom screening, including temperature checks, and badge assignment, prior to the visit.  Visitors must present this badge before being allowed to visit a youth.
  • Visits will occur outside only, in assigned areas.   Visitors will not be allowed into any buildings, other than the clinic to check in and out.  Designated areas will provide cover from rain, such as the McFarlane Plaza gazebos. 
  • Visits will be limited to two hours in length and occur between the hours of 9am and 7pm.
  • Masks must be worn by both visitors and the youth throughout the visit.  Social distancing from other groups will be required. 
  • Visitors must check out at the clinic at the end of the visit. 
  • Refusal to follow the guidelines will result in the visit being ended and the visitor being asked to leave the premises. 

YBGR remains committed to maintaining the health and safety of your children.  In order to reduce the risk of transmission, we continue to screen all admissions for COVID-19 symptoms, and we will not be admitting youth with active symptoms.  Youth will remain in lodge groups for meals, recreation, school and therapy.  Meals continue to be delivered to the lodges, rather than going to the dining hall.  A quarantine unit is available, if it were to be necessary. 

Thank you again for your patience and understanding during these challenging and unprecedented times.  We appreciate your commitment to your child’s physical and mental health, and we are grateful for your partnership.  

Respectfully,
Mike Chavers, CEO

3-Day EMDR Intensive Training: Neuroscience, Diagnosis and State of the Art Practices to Treat Complex Trauma 1/8/2020-1/10/2020

 

 

 

 

 

Join trauma specialist, author and national trainer, Megan Howard, LCSW, CCTP, for this intensive 3-day EMDR training that will provide you the knowledge and skills needed to use EMDR safely and effectively. Through lecture, live and videotaped EMDR demonstrations, and supervised experiential exercises, this training will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of trauma theory, principles, diagnosis and EMDR treatment.

The stage model remains today’s state-of-the-art treatment approach for all but single-incident trauma. During this training, you will learn the goals of each stage, along with the therapeutic tools to reach those goals.

You must be present for all 3 days of EMDR training to receive the hours of training certificate. CEUs will be emailed by PESI after paperwork has been processed.

Cost is $700.00 per ticket 

Purchase Tickets

Schedule:

Wednesday January 8th, 2020

  • Registration 7:30am-8:00am
  • Training 8:00am-11:50am
  • Lunch 11:50am-1:00pm (Lunch on your own)
  • Training 1:00pm-4:00pm 

Thursday January 9th, 2020

  • Training 8:00am-11:50am
  • Lunch 11:50am-1:00pm (Lunch on your own)
  • Training 1:00pm-4:00pm 

Friday January 10th, 2020

  • Training 8:00am-11:50am
  • Lunch 11:50am-1:00pm (Lunch on your own)
  • Training 1:00pm-4:00pm 

Program Outline:

Neuroscience of Trauma, Effective Assessment and DSM-5® Diagnostic Criteria

Neuroscience’s Current Trauma Paradigm

Biological nature of trauma

  • Triune Brain, The Autonomic Nervous System and the Stress Response
  • The Polyvagal Theory
  • Traumatic Stress: normal, prolonged, complex and developmental

Specific trauma symptoms

Primary treatment issues in trauma therapy

Trauma’s Somatic and Sensorimotor Sequelae

  • Hyperarousal
  • Hypoarousal
  • Dissociation, body memories and “flashbacks” Affect dysregulation

Trauma and Attachment

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study)

Attachment Essentials

  • Baby/momma trauma
  • Insecure Attachment Styles Assessment and Primary Treatment Issues of:
  • Avoidant
  • Preoccupied
  • Disorganized type

Assessment and Diagnosis of Trauma Disorders

Current Trauma Diagnoses:

  • Acute Trauma Disorder
  • PTSD and subtypes
  • Dissociative
  • Preschool
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Proposed Trauma Diagnoses

  • Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD)
  • Complex PTSD

Trauma Treatment: Effective Tools, Treatment Modalities, and an Introduction EMDR

The Stage Model of Treatment

  • Assessment, Rapport, Psychoeducation
  • Developing the “Skills to Stay Stable”
  • Trauma Tools for Affect Regulation
  • Recognizing and regulating affect
  • Dissociative episodes and “flashbacks”
  • Grounding clients in their bodies and back in the present in the here and now
  • Mindfulness/bodyfulness (including somatic exercises)
  • Multisensory Guided Imagery
  • EFT (meridian tapping)
  • Reduction of physiological arousal
  • Recognizing and up & down regulating arousal levels
  • Containment and self-soothing
  • Stage One: Stabilization and Safety

Stage Two: Working Through Traumatic Memories

  • Brief overview of the theory and applicability of three trauma processing modalities:
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP)
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • EMDR

Practice EMDR for both Resourcing and Trauma Processing

Live EMDR demonstration followed by experiential sessions

Under Supervision, Learn and Safely Practice the Skills of EMDR for Both Phase One and Two

Phase One Work: Imaginal Resourcing

  • Containment Imagery
  • Comfortable Place Imagery
  • Protection Imagery and/or Nurture Imagery

Phase Two Work: Reprocessing Traumatic Memories

Limitations of Research and Potential Risk

  • Contraindications and precautions for reprocessing trauma
  • Differences in theory and in the associated neurophysiological models are a matter of ongoing discussion

Objectives:

1. Evaluate the biological nature of trauma and how trauma is stored in the body and limbic system, creating physical and psychological symptoms to better understand your clients.

2. Differentiate between sympathetic (activated) freeze response and the parasympathetic (deactivated) dorsal vagal immobilization response your clients experience.

3. Distinguish between the following types of traumatic stress: normal, prolonged, complex and developmental and articulate treatment considerations for each.

4. Ascertain the clinical implications of traumatic stress symptomology, including hyperarousal, affect dysregulation, dissociation, body memories, and flashbacks.

5. Employ effective somatic techniques to reduce/eliminate client’s body memories, “flashbacks” and dissociation.

6. Summarize the landmark study: Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and understand the ten adverse childhood experiences studied as they related to clinical diagnosis and assessment.

7. Evaluate the clinical presentation of the following attachment styles as it relates to your clinical assessment: secure vs insecure; insecure; organized vs insecure disorganized.

8. Designate two different treatment strategies, once attachment style has been ascertained, based on your clients’ attachment style.

9. Demonstrate strategies to help clients build skills to be prepared to process trauma via EMDR, including safety within the therapeutic alliance and skills for self-regulation.

10. Determine when/if your client is prepared to safely process trauma memories via EMDR.

11. Create and employ client-driven imagery for safety and containment during trauma processing.

12. Utilize clinical techniques to help with grounding and centering traumatized clients in-session.

13. Prepare clients with various trauma tools; mindfulness, guided imagery and meridian-based techniques to decrease client’s arousal levels and modulate affect.

14. Analyze and critique the original eight phases of EMDR’s standard protocol (Shapiro) as it relates to clinical treatment.

15. Determine Parnell’s four essential elements of each EMDR session and how it relates to client treatment.

16. Practice under supervision Parnell’s Modified EMDR protocol to prepare for work with your clients in-session.

17. Practice under supervision the skill for resourcing a client with imaginal resources prior to processing traumatic material.

18. Practice under supervision the trauma processing modality and EDMR tools for processing traumatic memories with your clients.

19. Utilize and practice two “cues for safety” with your clients based on Steve Porges’ Polyvagal Theory.

Continuing Education Credits – all 3 days

Addiction Counselors: This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 19.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 19.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Montana Counselors: The Montana Board of Behavioral Health no longer pre-approves any courses or sponsors. Each licensee is responsible for taking courses which contribute to their competence and directly relate to their scope of practice as defined in board statute (MAR 24-219-32). Licensees must keep CE documentation for three years in case of an audit. This intermediate level activity consists of 19.0 clock hours of instruction.

Marriage & Family Therapists: This activity consists of 1140 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Montana Marriage & Family Therapists: The Montana Board of Behavioral Health no longer pre-approves any courses or sponsors. Each licensee is responsible for taking courses which contribute to their competence and directly relate to their scope of practice as defined in board statute

(MAR 24-219-32). Licensees must keep CE documentation for three years in case of an audit. This intermediate level activity consists of 19.0 clock hours of instruction.

EMDRIA: This training is not affiliated with EMDRIA and does not qualify towards EMDRIA credits or training.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists: PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Nurses in full attendance will earn 19.0 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Psychologists: This live activity consists of 19.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline and the certificate of completion you receive from this live activity. Contact us for more information on your state board or organization specific filing requirements. American Psychological Association credits are not available.

Montana Psychologists: This live activity is designed to meet the criteria requirements of the Montana Board of Psychologists and is a PESI-approved continuing education and qualifies for 1140 instructional minutes. Please save the certificate of completion you receive from this live activity.

Social Workers: PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 – January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 19.0 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Montana Social Workers: The Montana Board of Behavioral Health no longer pre-approves any courses or sponsors. Each licensee is responsible for taking courses which contribute to their competence and directly relate to their scope of practice as defined in board statute (MAR 24-219-32). Licensees must keep CE documentation for three years in case of an audit. This intermediate level activity consists of 19.0 clock hours of instruction.

Other Professions: This activity qualifies for 1140 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

Speaker Megan Howard, LCSW, CCTP was trained on the use of EMDR as a treatment protocol through EMDRIA and uses EMDR in her practice to achieve improved outcomes with a broad spectrum of clients in the areas of trauma, abuse, and substance abuse.

She is certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals and currently owns and operates one of the largest treatment centers for substance abuse and trauma in the state of Idaho.

She has been invited to train internationally at the International Society of Addiction Medicine in India and at the International Conference on Addiction Research and Therapy in Amsterdam.

Ms. Howard earned her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University and is a member of EMDRIA and the International Society of Addiction Medicine..

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Megan Howard is the owner of Addiction and Trauma Recovery Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Megan Howard has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

YBGR Economic Impact Report

Recently, YBGR, through a generous grant from NorthWestern Energy, YBGR partnered with Circle Analytics to complete an Economic Impact Report. Through this partnership, we did a “deep-dive” into the benefits of YBGR: what we not only do for kids and families, but also how much of a difference we make economically to our stakeholders (you). 

Circle Analytics  prepared hundreds of these reports for state agencies, cities, counties, economic development districts, as well as private and nonprofit entities across the country.   Social impacts recognize the greater extended value of the program to society – dollars expended vs. dollars saved.

Circle Analytics found that for every dollar spent at YBGR, there is a return of $13.90 through long-term savings to society, jobs, capital investment and indirect business taxes.  

Full Report

Yellowstone Public Radio-Youth Advocates Team Up On Pilot Program

Youth Advocates Team Up On Pilot Program

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Three youth advocacy groups in Yellowstone County are pooling their resources.

Tumbleweed, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County, and the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch are in the first few months of a pilot program.

They’re helping connect children with adults best suited to their needs. Ideally, the adult will help guide the child over an extended period of time, or however long is necessary.

Erika Willis is the executive director of Tumbleweed, a non-profit that helps homeless or otherwise at-risk youth. She said one goal is to provide kids with someone they feel comfortable turning to.

“Because they’ve developed that relationship, and they start to know my tummy feels weird or I had a weird day, and I know I can talk to someone about this and take the pressure off,” said Willis.

Willis said, in a situation like that, the child could come to an adult to get to the root problem early, instead of adults having to step in when they notice poor grades or missed classes.

“That’s another example of let’s get in front of this before it blows up,” she said.

One central goal is to help the three organizations combine resources and manpower. Brian Dennis is President of the Boys and Girls Club of Yellowstone County.

“This is the three of us putting everybody in the room together to try and figure out how we best utilize each other’s skillset,” said Dennis.

At this point, the three non-profits are working with the Boys and Girls Clubs students at the Lockwood Schools campus with funds from the Montana Healthcare Foundation.